Hola Comrades! Today I shall be reviewing another AWESOME book that I read in the Taylor Swift readathon I am taking part in. I am actually done with the readathon, but I was too lazy (and busy) to review all those books, so here I am reviewing my eleventh read! Also, I might be taking a hiatus sometime soon- not for a long time, but yeah, maybe a week or so. So, I gotta get all my pending posts done so here we are!
The prompt for this book was: Innocent: Read a book you know nothing about
This book is written by Tilly Bagshawe who writes in the veins of Sidney Sheldon.
Trigger Warnings: Murder, racism and sexism
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A young American au pair, Charlotte Clancy, vanishes without a trace in Mexico City. The case is left cold, but its legacy will be devastating.
A decade later, LA is shaken by a spate of violent murders. Psychologist Nikki Roberts is the common link between the victims, her patients at the heart of this treacherous web. When someone makes an attempt on Nikki’s life, it’s clear she is a marked woman.
Nikki makes a living out of reading people, drawing out their secrets, but the key to this shocking pattern eludes her. With the police at a dead end Nikki drafts in Derek Williams, a PI who isn’t afraid to put his hand into the hornet’s nest. Williams was thwarted in the notorious Charlotte Clancy case all those years ago, but what he unearths in LA – and the mention of one name in particular – leaves him cold, and takes him on a dangerous path into the past.
A shadowy manipulator has brought his deadly game to the streets of LA. In a crime spanning generations, it seems Nikki Roberts knows all too much – and a ruthless killer knows the price of her silence.
In this crooked city, where enemies and friends are one and the same, Nikki must be the master of her own escape . . .
This was a book which I thought was written by Sidney Sheldon, but apparently it wasn’t. I wasn’t any less excited to read it though, as I was intrigued by the synopsis. I honestly love murder mysteries and it so happens, I have found myself another author whose books I enjoy reading- Tilly Bagshawe. I have also ordered some books written by her as a part of my birthday book haul (Yay!)
The author’s writing style is detailed and has as many descriptions as conversations. I do not enjoy reading descriptions as much as I enjoy conversations but I sure did enjoy reading the not-gruesome ones in this book.
The plot has so many twists and climaxes that I wanted to read it 24/7. I was so engrossed in the book that I read it even when I was eating dinner- something that my family taunts me about quite often now. but you get my point, the plot is A-MA-ZING.
The characters are very well-developed and are rather realistic and make the reader believe that this might actually happen in real life.
I also appreciate how well racism and its effects have been covered in this book. It is really rare when a white author does that, and I appreciate that.
All in all, this was one alluring read with a lot of climaxes and I would recommend all murder mystery lovers out there to read it.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5